Navigate the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Translate theory into practice and begin implementing policy that supports your community.
Our MPA program prioritizes hands-on experience that prepares you to address the public interest through the collection and analysis of evidence essential for implementing public service strategies.
A flexible class schedule helps working professionals balance their busy lives, while small class sizes promote one-on-one attention and deeper relationship building.
About the Master of Public Administration Program
- Typical program length is 21 months with 38 units.
- Classes offered on Saturday.
- Preferred but not required - two years of professional work experience, including internships.
- A wide range of scholarship and financial aid options.
- Classes begin each fall at the USF Downtown San Francisco campus. Also offered in fall, spring and summer, 100% online.
- Accredited by NASPAA, the foremost membership organization of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, public affairs, and public & nonprofit management in the US and around the world.
- Ranked among the Best Public Affairs Programs by the U.S. News & World Report.
- A Health Services Administration concentration offers students a specialized public management degree designed for a career in the U.S. healthcare system.
- The MPA program is also offered 100% online.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the MPA with an emphasis in Health Services Administration programs provide mid-career and aspiring professionals with an opportunity to obtain advanced managerial education applicable to a broad range of organizations in the public sector, nonprofit, and health care industries.
We prepare our graduates for public leadership by advancing a challenging curriculum while pursuing complementary research and transforming learning into acts of consequence to serve our communities, especially the most vulnerable among us.
- Educate students to be compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage public organizations.
- Prepare students to initiate and facilitate interactions between government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to provide ethical and workable solutions to societal needs.
- Create a collaborative environment of excellence in instruction, research, and service.
- Translate research into effective practices and achievable, humane policies.
- Prepare students to determine, collect, and analyze the evidence appropriate and essential for implementing public service strategies.
Program Learning OutcomesGoal 1: Educate students to be compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage public organizations.
- Identify and describe differences between the vision, values, and goals of actors in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors; discuss practical and ethical implications of these differences for public leadership.
- Identify and discuss the role of public leaders toward recognizing and instituting the principles of democratic governance in public organizations and community-based initiatives.
- Report findings and interpret research in recognition of, and with respect for, diverse cultural and historical perspectives; correctly identify limitations and constraints; effectively communicate with elected officials, administrators, issue advocates and the population at large.
- Determine, collect and articulate the interests of the diverse voices of a community, especially the most vulnerable among us.
- Demonstrate leadership behavior through application of organizational and managerial theories.
- Determine, collect and articulate the interests of diverse voices of a community, especially the most vulnerable among us.
- Accurately interpret and communicate analytic research and policy implications to stakeholders.
Goal 5: prepare students to determine, collect, and analyze the evidence appropriate and essential for implementing public service strategies.
- Develop and apply the critical thinking and analytical skills (qualitative and quantitative) necessary for effective, informed, and balanced policy analysis.
- Develop and present informed and balanced results
- Identify challenges and issues in the U.S. healthcare sector in specific areas of policy, its contemporary legal framework, and management; describe/develop operational responses and managerial adaptations.
The University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration program prepares students for professional success in career positions in public, private and nonprofit agencies.
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Last updated August 13, 2018